Featured Music on the Season premiere of SYTYCD 7 in NYC and Miami

Featured Music

  1. 1 – “Arming Eritrea” – Future Of The Left

  2. 2 – “New York City Speed” – Kill Hannah

  3. 3 – “Stand By Me” – Ben E King

  4. 4 – “Chillando Goma” – Fulanito

  5. 5 – “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)” – Dead or Alive

  6. 6 – “Prague” – Damien Rice

  7. 7 – “The Winner Is…” – Devotchka & Michael Danna

  8. 8 – “Last Night (Line Dance Party)” – Madison Cowboy featuring DJ Robbie & Fabby T

  9. 9 – “Let’s Buy Happiness” – Boys Noize

  10. 10 – “We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off” – Jermaine Stewart

  11. 11 – “Fallin’ Down” – Chris Brown

  12. 12 – “Nicest Thing” – Kate Nash

  13. 13 – “7th Heaven” – Destani Wolf

  14. 14 – “Walk Away” – Kelly Clarkson

  15. 15 – “Black & Gold” – Sam Sparro

  16. 16 – “The Animal” – Richard Walters

  17. 17 – “Feeling Good” – Michael Buble

  18. 18 – “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight” – The Postal Service

  19. 19 – “Right Now” – Pussycat Dolls

  20. 20 – “Let’s Get Loud” – Jennifer Lopez

  21. 21 – “Love To The World” – LTD

Get Excited for National Dance Day

In conjunction with Fox and 19 Entertainment’s So You Think You Can Dance, Executive Producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe would like to declare July 31, NATIONAL DANCE DAY.

WHAT: NATIONAL DANCE DAY, a grassroots initiative that encourages the nation, young and old, to move!  Individuals, families, organizations and communities from across the nation come together through their creative expression in dance.  Any style of dance is welcome and imagination is recommended in order to get the most out of this celebratory day.

WHEN: Saturday, July 31

WHY: To continue to generate national awareness for dance, a medium of expression and storytelling which, through shows like So You Think You Can Dance, has proven its value in bringing individuals from all walks of life together through a positive platform that has no boundaries and cultivates imagination and passion. Most importantly, the day is intended to promote health and wellness nationwide.

GET INVOLVED:  Show us your most dynamic moves by submitting a :30 – :60 video of you and/or your family, community or organization dancing their way to health and happiness. Videos will be uploaded to the So You Think You Can Dance official website and may even air on this season’s So You Think You Can Dance!

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: Anyone who has a video camera and access to a computer

Nigel has been tweeting up a storm about National Dance Day, a.k.a. D-Day. He said the goal is to “prove that the ‘Power of Dance’ can MOVE an entire Country!” So get up off the couch and put on your dancing shoes on July 31st. Share your D-Day ideas in the SYTYCD forums and stay tuned to this site for more information to come.

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What is an All-Star?

tWitch is a Season 7 All-Star

Season 7 is rapidly approaching and, as you probably know, the season includes 12 All-Stars in addition to 10 new competitors. If you’re wondering what an all-star is and how it will impact Season 7, you’ve come to the right place!

An all-star is a former So You Think You Can Dance finalist who is “dominant in their genre of dance,” Nigel Lythgoe stated in a recent press call. “The competitors, instead of drawing the genre of dance out of the hat, will draw a photograph of one of the all-stars and that will dictate the genre of dance that they’re going to be dancing.” For example, instead of a Season 7 competitor pulling out the word “Hip Hop” from a hat, they’d pull out a photo of tWitch, which means they’ll be performing some type of Hip Hop dance (including krump, pop locking, and more). Then the Season 7 finalist will partner up with tWitch for the week and the two will learn choreography from one of the show’s choreographers, such as Lil C.

The all-stars will not be choreographing and they will not be judged. They will merely be partnering one of the Season 7 competitors. In addition, the competitors will draw a different partner of the opposite gender each week, which means their style of dance will change each week.

Out of the thousands of dancers who auditioned for Season 7, only 10 will be selected for the show: just five guys and five girls. Only one competitor will leave each week, based on who received the fewest votes from the public’s calls. That means that not every all-star will dance each week, but they will always remain in the pool of possible partners.

Why is the show making these changes to Season 7? Nigel answered, “We do a tour and we can’t ever really re-invest in our dancers. We try and bring some of them back as choreographers, but to be able to do this and use our own stars I think was a fabulous idea. So the only reason we’re doing it now is the fact that it’s a great idea that no one’s really thought of before. I’m so excited by it, to be frank.” Another goal of the new format is that with only 10 competitors, we’ll get to know the new finalists even better. Also, the dancer will be showed off well, since they’ll be partnered by an expert in each genre.

The finale will be a little different this season. Instead of a Top 4 or Top 6 competing for the title of “America’s Favorite Dancer,” just two or three will dance. Nigel explained, “They’ll be partnering up with the all stars all season long up until the finale, when we go back to the original format, where they dance with each other, dance solos, and so on.”

Watch the two-hour Season 7 premiere on Thursday, May 27 at 8/7c.

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Mia Michaels and Adam Shankman join Nigel as Resident Judges for Season 7

Hot off the presses …

Emmy Award-winning choreographer Mia Michaels and acclaimed director and choreographer Adam Shankman will return to So You Think You Can Dance as the series’ resident judges. Michaels – who has been a guest judge and choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance since its first season – will sit alongside Shankman and Nigel Lythgoe as the new judge and draw upon her expertise to critique and praise the dancers throughout the competition.

“I am extremely happy that Mia and Adam have returned and agreed to be resident judges,” said Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer/co-creator, So You Think You Can Dance. “Mia’s outspoken approach combined with Adam’s passion will definitely add a fresh new chemistry to the panel.”

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An All-Star on American Idol

Who was that familiar looking fellow dancing with Lady Gaga on American Idol Wednesday night? It was none other than Season 4 finalist and Season 7 All-Star Mark Kanemura. While sporting some facial hair, Mark danced as Lady Gaga sang “Alejandro.” This wasn’t Mark’s first time dancing with the superstar; he traveled the world with Lady Gaga on her “Monster Ball Tour.” He also appears in Lady Gaga’s latest music video, “Telephone.”

Nice moves, Mark! We’ll see you on the SYTYCD stage very soon.

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Sonya Tayeh, Mandy Moore, and Travis Wall to Take Part in New Wave LA

Los Angeles Ballet [LAB] Artistic Directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary are thrilled to present New Wave LA which involves four contemporary World Premieres from guest choreographers Josie Walsh, and Sonya Tayeh, Mandy Moore and Travis Wall from So You Think You Can Dance.

Each choreographer will present an innovative, modern, edgy and world class piece with Los Angeles Ballet dancers. New Wave LA is a ground-breaking program for LAB, commissioning four acclaimed choreographers to create on LAB dancers. This program follows Los Angeles Ballet’s mission of incorporating new creations specifically for LAB dancers throughout its season.

The four choreographers Josie Walsh, Sonya Tayeh, Mandy Moore and Travis Wall are all elated to be presenting FOUR world premieres in ONE evening which is rarely done in a ballet company. Los Angeles Ballet is also proud to present Transmutation, by LA’s own Josie Walsh, developed from a piece originally commissioned by the First Annual LAB Choreographic Workshop. Sonya Tayeh, Mandy Moore and Travis Wall’s World Premiere pieces are still untitled.

Sonya Tayeh incorporates her deeply rooted form with the essence of contemporary technique, mixing her own ‘quirky’ style into her choreography. This stylized, free-flowing movement is aggressively formulated through one-on-one physical contact. She is currently a choreographer for “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Mandy Moore is an exciting, emerging choreographer and performer whose work has been seen on films and television shows such as “So You Think You Can Dance.” She was one of the choreographers for Celine Dion’s “Taking Chances” World Tour.

Travis Wall is a choreographer who choreographed for “So You Think You Can Dance” and was principal dancer for Wade Robson on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” He was also the runner-up on Season 2 of SYTYCD.

These four outstanding choreographers will exercise their unique style and personality in the World Premieres of New Wave LA. The much-anticipated repertoire will take place at venues across Los Angeles from May 15 to May 30.


Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
1935 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Saturday, May 15, 2010 @ 7:30 p.m.

Alex Theatre
216 North Brand Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91203
Saturday, May 22, 2010 @ 7:30 p.m.

The Broad Stage
1310 11th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Saturday, May 29, 2010 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 30, 2010 @ 2:00 p.m.

**Performers subject to change

For more information, please visit www.losangelesballet.org or call 310.998.7782.

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Meet the Season 7 All-Stars

Twelve former SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE show favorites are set to return to summer’s No. 1 series as All-Star Dance Partners. Skilled in various dance styles from Krump to Contemporary, the Season Seven All-Star Dance Partners are:  Stephen tWitch Boss, Comfort Fedoke, Courtney Galiano, Anya GarnisLauren Gottlieb, Neil Haskell, Allison Holker, Mark Kanemura, Pasha KovalevKathryn McCormickAde Obayomi and Dominic Sandoval. Each week, finalists will be partnered with a different All-Star dancer.

As previously announced, America’s favorite summer series returns for its seventh season Thursday, May 27 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX with some exciting new twists, including 10 finalists competing and only one dancer eliminated per week.

The 12 All-Stars are …


Representing: Hip Hop / Popping / Locking / Krump

Appeared: Season 4 (runner-up)

Memorable Routine: “Forever,” a Hip Hop number choreographed by Dave Scott and performed with Comfort Fedoke

Stephen “tWitch” Boss was half of the partnership in the “Mercy” dance that earned choreographer Mia Michaels an Emmy nomination. This summer, he will star in “Step Up 3-D,” and he soon plans to begin working with the Dizzy Feet Foundation. Currently, Boss belongs to the dance troupes “Breed OCLA” and “Chill Factor Crew.”


Representing: Hip Hop / Krump / Popping / Locking

Appeared: Season 4 ( Top 8 )

Memorable Routine: “Party People,” a Hip Hop number choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo and performed with Mark Kanemura

Comfort Fedoke attended Booker T. Washington Performing Arts High School in Dallas, TX, where she was a featured dancer on the local dance television show, “Dallas Dance Club 21.” Fedoke has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Brian Friedman, Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo, Chuck Maldonado, Miley Cyrus and Rosero, and has appeared on GLEE.


Representing: Jazz / Broadway / Cultural / Disco / Contemporary

Appeared: Season 4 (Top 4)

Memorable Routine: “The Garden,” a Jazz number choreographed by Sonya Tayeh and performed with Mark Kanemura

Courtney Galiano began her career as a New York Knicks City Dancer. Galiano has appeared in national television commercials and danced in music videos for Adam Lambert, Kat DeLuna and Daddy Yankee. Galiano loaned her voice talents to “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,” performed in the television movie “Camp Rock 2” and appeared on GLEE and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.”

Representing: Ballroom Standard / Ballroom Latin

Appeared: Season 3 (Top 12)

Memorable Routine: “Girlfriend,” a Jive choreographed by Tony Meredith and performed with Danny Tidwell

Anya Garnis is currently a guest choreographer for SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE’s U.S. and Australian versions, and has been a featured guest dancer on “Dancing with the Stars” and “Superstars of Dance.” Her credits also include the Emmy Awards, the Academy Awards and the series “True Blood.” Last fall, Garnis made her Broadway debut in “Burn The Floor” and toured the globe with the production.


Representing: Jazz / Hip Hop / Contemporary / Broadway

Appeared: Season 3 (Top 6)

Memorable Routine: “Night of the Dancing Flame,” a Jazz number choreographed by Wade Robson and performed with Neil Haskell

Lauren Gottlieb has worked with Shakira and Mariah Carey, and has appeared in “Hannah Montana: The Movie” with Miley Cyrus. Her television credits include GLEE, “The Ghost Whisperer,” “Nip/Tuck” and “Teen Choice 2009,” as well as commercials for Subway, AT&T, Old Navy and Nike. She recently completed work assisting Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo on the choreography for Cirque Du Soleil’s “Viva ELVIS.”


Representing: Jazz / Contemporary / Broadway / Disco / Cultural

Appeared: Season 3 (Top 3)

Memorable Routine: “Are You The One,” a Contemporary number choreographed by Mia Michaels and performed with Danny Tidwell

Before competing on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, Neil Haskell worked with Twyla Tharp on Broadway’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” Shortly thereafter, Haskell landed a role in the television movie “The American Mall.” His theater credits also include the off-Broadway production of “Altar Boyz,” the original Broadway cast of “9 to 5” and “Girl Crazy” at New York’s legendary City Center.


Representing: Jazz / Contemporary / Broadway / Disco / Cultural

Appeared: Season 2 ( Top 8 )

Memorable Routine: “Why,” a Contemporary number choreographed by Tyce Diorio and performed with Ivan Koumaev

Allison Holker has been dancing since she was nine years old. Holker was featured in the tap dance show “Revolution” in New York and performed in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Her television credits also include “High School Musical” and “High School Musical 2.” Most recently, she performed and toured with “Ballroom with a Twist,” which was choreographed by Louis Van Amstel.


Representing: Jazz / Contemporary / Broadway / Cultural

Appeared: Season 4 (Top 6)

Memorable Routine: “Beautiful,” a Contemporary number choreographed by Mia Michaels and performed with Chelsie Hightower

Since competing on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE and performing in the nationwide tour, Kanemura has toured with Lady Gaga, performed on “America’s Got Talent” and the “61st Primetime Emmy Awards” and appeared in several music videos and commercials. His stage credits include “The Nutcracker,” “Sweet Charity,” “The King and I,” “Grease,” “Tommy” and “Gypsy.”


Representing: Ballroom Standard / Ballroom Latin

Appeared: Season 3 (Top 6)

Memorable Routine: “Let’s Get Loud,” a Cha Cha choreographed by Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin and performed with Jessie Peralta

Born in Siberia, Russia, Pasha Kovalev started dancing at age eight. Following a successful career in ballroom competition, he made appearances on several television shows, including SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, “Dancing with the Stars” and “Superstars of Dance.” He has choreographed for both the U.S. and Australian versions of DANCE and recently starred in the Broadway cast and touring company versions of “Burn The Floor.”


Representing: Jazz / Contemporary / Broadway / Cultura

Appeared: Season 6 (Top 3)

Memorable Routine: “At This Moment,” a Contemporary number choreographed by Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden and performed with Jakob Karr

Kathryn McCormick began competing in her home state of Georgia at an early age with her local dance studio team, “Augusta West.” During her junior year of high school, she was invited to join the Tremaine Dance Convention’s Apprentice Company. In late 2008, she secured her first professional role as a supporting dancer in the “Fame” remake.  McCormick was also chosen to dance on this year’s Academy Awards.


Representing: Contemporary / Jazz / Cultural / Broadway

Appeared: Season 5 (Top 6)

Memorable Routine: “This Woman’s Work,” a Contemporary number choreographed by Tyce Diorio and performed with Melissa Sandvig

Arizona native Ade Obayomi has toured with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal and appeared in the film “A Diva’s Christmas Carol.” His love of dance earned him a scholarship to Chapman University, where he also studied sound engineering. He recently performed on the 2010 Grammy Awards with Beyoncé, appeared in the music video for Rihanna’s “Hard” and was a featured dancer on Alicia Keys’ world tour.


Representing: Hip Hop / Breaking

Appeared: Season 3 ( Top 8 )

Memorable Routine: “Make It Work,” a Hip Hop number choreographed by Shane Sparks and performed with Sabra Johnson

Dominic “D-trix” Sandoval started b-boying in 1999 at the age of 13, and joined the Flexible Flav crew in 2000 to tour and compete with them. Sandoval was part of Quest Crew, who won Season Three of “Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew.” He currently travels and performs around the world, and has performed for Ellen DeGeneres, Snoop Dogg, Usher, Pitbull, Sean Kingston and Donna Summer.

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The Final Season 7 All-Star is…


Nigel Lythgoe made the final All-Star announcement on Twitter:

So many of you guessed right. #@NeilHaskell is the final #SYTYCD All-Star. Many others will get a chance next season. Keep working on D-Day!

Neil Haskell, a gymnast-turned-dancer, made it all the way to the finale and ended up as the 3rd place finalist on Season 3 of So You Think You Can Dance. For the first five weeks of the competition, Neil was in an unstoppable partnership with All-Star Lauren Gottlieb. One of their most memorable performances was a Wade Robson jazz piece to “Night of the Dancing Flame” (the angel vs. devil piece). Although Neil and Lauren made quite a pair, Neil also had memorable moments with many other dance finalists. When Neil and Season 3 champ Sabra Johnson teamed up to dance a Mandy Moore jazz piece to “Sweet Dreams” (better known as “The Table Dance”), they helped to earn Mandy an Outstanding Choreography Emmy nomination. Neil also tackled disco with Sara Von Gillern to “Knock on Wood” – who could forget that energy (or his polyester suit)?! Choreographer Mia Michaels chose Neil, along with Lacey Schwimmer, to dance a very touching and personal contemporary piece about dancing with her father in heaven. Mia brought out the best in Neil again when she choreographed a number for the finale that faced the top two guys – Neil and Danny Tidwell – against each other in a battle of the kings.

Since appearing on Season 3 of SYTYCD, Neil has made quite a career for himself in musical theater. In 2008, he starred in the Off-Broadway production of Altar Boyz as Luke. Then, he performed in the Broadway ensemble of 9 to 5. In addition, Neil has appeared on TV in “The American Mall” and “One Life to Live.”

How high do you think Neil will jump and how many flips will he master on Season 7? Tune in this spring and summer to find out!

That’s it, folks!

Here are your Season 7 All-Stars:

tWitch Boss
Kathryn McCormick

Pasha Kovalev

Allison Holker
Ade Obayomi
Comfort Fedoke

Lauren Gottlieb
Mark Kanemura
Anya Garnis
Dominic Sandoval
Courtney Galiano
Neil Haskell

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